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Below are stories about grid integration and transmission featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.

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October 12, 2018
Photo of three wind turbines taken with the sun setting behind them.
Research Suggests Wind Turbines Can Provide Grid Reliability and Flexibility
Sandia researchers demonstrated that modulating the rotation speed of wind turbine rotors can offer two important grid services.
September 13, 2018
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Keeping the Lights On: Essential Reliability Services
A look behind the scenes at what happens every time you flip a light switch.
August 1, 2018
Aerial view of the the National Wind Technology Center, with the Rocky Mountains in the background.
Request for Information on Broadening the Scope of Energy R&D and Associated Facility Needs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's...
WETO is requesting public input on facility and infrastructure investments at the National Wind Technology Center.
May 8, 2018
Close-up of an electrical transmission tower.
Wind's Near-Zero Cost of Generation Impacting Wholesale Electricity Markets
Wind generation can create exciting opportunities and interesting challenges when integrating large quantities of energy into the electric grid.
May 8, 2018
Electrical transmission lines in a field next to a wind turbine.
New Software Tool Boosts Utility Transmission Capacity
A wind power plant study by INL explored how transmission lines, when cooled by the wind, are capable of handling more electricity.
November 20, 2017
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EERE Success Story—Unique Software Offers Tool for Securing Transmission Grid at Maximum Efficiency
INL researchers are working with partners in industry and academia to use concurrent cooling from wind to make the electrical grid more efficient.
March 14, 2017
Milestones on the Road to the Wind Vision

The Department of Energy’s Wind Vision report assesses the potential economic and social benefits of a study scenario where U.S. wind power...

January 9, 2017
Report Shows New Transmission Can Help Wind Energy Supply a Third of U.S. Electricity

The Energy Department today released a report which confirms that adding even limited electricity transmission can significantly reduce the costs...

November 21, 2016
New Report Shows Potential Growth of Distributed Wind Energy for On-Site Power

The Energy Department today released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the potential future growth of distributed wind energy in the United States...

September 1, 2016
Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid
A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative...
May 11, 2016
Using Weather Data to Improve Capacity of Existing Power Lines

When it comes to increasing the efficiency of 160,000 miles of U.S. high-voltage transmission lines, the answer might be blowing in the wind....

March 28, 2016
DOE’s 1.5-MW wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center is being used to demonstrate that wind farms can provide the frequency-responsive back-up or “ancillary services” currently supplied to the electrical grid by conventional power plants. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
DOE Explores Potential of Wind Power to Stabilize Electric Grids

A team at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is exploring the capability of wind energy to stabilize the nation's electrical grid when...

September 16, 2015
Argonne National Laboratory Develops New Model to Quantify the Impacts of Variable Energy Resources on Generation Expansion and System Re...

The penetration level of variable energy resources, such as wind and solar, has been steadily increasing in many modern power systems, presenting...

September 16, 2015
New Study Reveals Multiple Pathways to 30% Penetration of Wind and Solar
A new study published by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that the U.S. Eastern...
May 18, 2015
New Report Says Western Grid Can Weather Disturbances with High Wind, Solar Penetrations
A new report finds that with high penetrations of wind and solar on the grid, together with good system planning, sound engineering practices, and ...
March 25, 2015
Research and Development Needs for Wind Systems Utilizing Controllable Grid Simulators and Full Scale Hardware in the Loop Testing

The Energy Department’s Wind Program is seeking feedback from the wind industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other...

March 12, 2015
Wind Energy Supporting 600,000 Jobs by 2050

The Energy Department’s Wind Vision Report analyzes a robust wind energy future and quantifies the environmental, social, economic benefits from...

September 12, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Report Identifies Research Needed to Address Power Market Design Challenges

A new report by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory identifies research opportunities to improve the ways in which wholesale electricity...

September 11, 2014
Study Finds 54 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind Capacity Technically Possible by 2030

DOE recently funded a study that finds the deployment of at least 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power to be technically possible by 2030. The...

June 17, 2014
Silicon Valley Power and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Win 2014 Public Power Wind Awards

The Energy Department and the American Public Power Association named Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and Silicon Valley Power as the winners of...

March 31, 2014
SWiFT Turbines Full Dynamic Characterization Opens Doors for Research in the Dynamics of Coupled Systems

Research conducted at the Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility (SWiFT) in Lubbock, Texas, drew a lot of interest from attendees at the...

March 31, 2014
PNNL Reports Distributed Wind Installations Down, Exports Up in 2013

According to the second annual Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications soon to be published by DOE's Pacific Northwest...

March 31, 2014
The DOE/Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility located at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, allows for rapid, cost-efficient testing and development of transformative wind energy technologies, with a specific emphasis on improving wind plant performance. The facility’s commissioning in July 2013 marked the launch of the A2e Initiative. Photo by Lloyd Wilson/SNL
Atmosphere to Electrons Initiative Takes Shape

Since DOE launched its Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Initiative last July, the A2e executive committee has been developing a comprehensive approach...

March 6, 2014
Energy Department Names Virginia and Illinois Electric Co-ops the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year

The US Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today recognized Old Dominion Electric Cooperative ...

January 6, 2014
Developing Integrated National Design Standards for Offshore Wind Plants

The DOE Wind Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently published a report that summarizes the regulations, standards, and...